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Bandimere Speedway family argues race track will close if forced to comply with public health orders

In an escalating legal fight between the owners of the Bandimere Speedway and public health officials, owner John Bandimere argued Wednesday in Jefferson County District Court that his family’s business would shutter if forced to limit crowd sizes to 175 people as the new coronavirus pandemic continues.

Rebecca Klymkowsky, an attorney representing Jefferson County Public Health, argued the pandemic presented a public health crisis that supersedes the race track’s desire to operate.

“It is not enough for Bandimere to say our attendees want to attend,” Klymkowsky said. “This is larger than Bandimere. It involves the entire community. It involves the entire country. When you consider it in that context, the public interest is in keeping individuals safe.”

The feud began July 2 when the health department sought and received a temporary restraining order against Bandimere. The order required the race track to limit its crowd sizes to 175 people per activity during its July 4 events and to follow social distancing guidelines. But the county health agency said the race track violated the order, which led to Wednesday’s hearing.

The fight has become a flashpoint in political arguments over whether people should be forced to comply with public health orders or allowed to make personal choices as the pandemic surges. The hearing, which was conducted online, drew an audience that sometimes led District Court Judge Tamara Russell to remind listeners to mute their microphones and to respect the court’s decorum rules.

During his testimony, Bandimere argued public health officials did not have better ideas for how the race track could operate safely, and although his family tried to put rules in place they couldn’t control individual behavior.

“I think that’s freedom,” Bandimere said. “It’s freedom to make choices for ourselves. It’s freedom to do things we feel are adequate for our own personal beliefs and our own activities we participate in.”

Randy Corporon, Bandimere’s attorney, argued that the county’s restrictions were unreasonable, improper and would shut down the race track.

“It’s paragraph after paragraph after paragraph, and subparagraph after subparagraph after subparagraph of things they’re asking them to do,” he said. “It will put this 62-year-old family business out of business.”

Bandimere said the speedway took precautions to protect the approximately 7,000 attendees who turned out for the July 4 event, including cutting attendance by about half of a normal holiday event, bringing in hand-washing and sanitizing stations, reminding guests to social distance and suggesting they wear a mask.

When Corporon asked Bandimere to describe what he saw in a photograph depicting fewer race fans than usual at the July 4 event, Bandimere said,”I see a lot of lost revenue.”

James Rada, a JeffCo public health employee sent to observe the track on July 4, said he saw attendees attempting to follow the rules but also witnessed guests gathering in crowds and wearing masks improperly. Employees occasionally failed to correct customers, Rada said.

Corporon called Rada a spy who was “trying to build a case” against the speedway. Instead, Rada could have corrected people himself or alerted employees or the Bandimeres to alleged health violations as they happened.

“How much do you want them to destroy their own business?” Corporon asked. “How can they have the big events they need to survive if they can’t put people in the seats?”

In his questioning of Mark Johnson, executive director of Jefferson County Public Health, Corporon noted that coronavirus deaths largely impacted the elderly and said there were plenty of better ways to protect the elderly than to close the race track.

Johnson agreed that the great majority at risk of dying of COVID-19 were elderly.

“Death is not the only thing we’re concerned about,” Johnson said. “We’re concerned about illness, the use of resources, overwhelming our healthcare system and concerned very much about young people who are infectious to older people. They go home, infect their parents or grandparents….Many people may not die, but they can get very ill and will take a lot of healthcare resources.”

The court hearing will resume at 8 a.m. Thursday, beginning with more testimony from Bandimere. As Wednesday’s hearing ended, Russell acknowledged the political and community issues surrounding the case but said she hoped attorneys came prepared to present legal arguments.

“I know you guys have a loyal fanbase,” Russell said. “But ultimately I have to focus on the legal arguments, not the ones that tug at your heartstrings.”


Judge orders Bandimere Speedway to limit crowd size at Fourth of July race, fireworks show

A district court judge in Jefferson County has ordered Bandimere Speedway to comply with COVID-19 public health regulations limiting the number of people who can be in the stands during the race and fireworks show planned for the Fourth of July.

The judge on Thursday granted Jefferson County Public Health’s request for a temporary restraining order requiring the Morrison racetrack to comply with state public health orders for outdoor events, which limit crowd sizes to 175 people, require six feet of social distancing between attendees and bar food service.

“We are pleased with the result, but can’t comment further because it is still pending litigation,” Ashley Sever, a spokeswoman for the health department, said in an email Friday.

Bandimere is scheduled to host the Brakes Plus Jet Car Nationals — which includes an evening fireworks show, one of the few in the metro area — on Saturday, according to its website.

Efforts by The Denver Post and other media to speak to Bandmere representatives this week have been unsuccessful. News of the temporary restraining order was first reported Friday by the Canyon Courier.

Mark Johnson, executive director of Jefferson County Public Health, previously had sent a letter to Bandimere alleging the track had been admitting too many fans in violation of state health orders meant to slow the spread of the new coronavirus.

Johnson said the racetrack has been selling tickets for all seats in all rows at its events, which would prevent any attempts at social distancing. He noted that some of the ticket packages come with buffet-style meals, also prohibited under the state health department’s rules over concerns diners will pass along the virus.

The letter from Jeffco Public Health ordered track officials to submit a plan to comply by 5 p.m. Wednesday. They failed to do that.

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Judge orders Bandimere Speedway to limit crowd size at Fourth of July race, fireworks show

A district court judge in Jefferson County has ordered Bandimere Speedway to comply with COVID-19 public health regulations limiting the number of people who can be in the stands during the race and fireworks show planned for the Fourth of July.

The judge on Thursday granted Jefferson County Public Health’s request for a temporary restraining order requiring the Morrison racetrack to comply with state public health orders for outdoor events, which limit crowd sizes to 175 people, require six feet of social distancing between attendees and bar food service.

“We are pleased with the result, but can’t comment further because it is still pending litigation,” Ashley Sever, a spokeswoman for the health department, said in an email Friday.

Bandimere is scheduled to host the Brakes Plus Jet Car Nationals — which includes an evening fireworks show, one of the few in the metro area — on Saturday, according to its website.

Efforts by The Denver Post and other media to speak to Bandmere representatives this week have been unsuccessful. News of the temporary restraining order was first reported Friday by the Canyon Courier.

Mark Johnson, executive director of Jefferson County Public Health, previously had sent a letter to Bandimere alleging the track had been admitting too many fans in violation of state health orders meant to slow the spread of the new coronavirus.

Johnson said the racetrack has been selling tickets for all seats in all rows at its events, which would prevent any attempts at social distancing. He noted that some of the ticket packages come with buffet-style meals, also prohibited under the state health department’s rules over concerns diners will pass along the virus.

The letter from Jeffco Public Health ordered track officials to submit a plan to comply by 5 p.m. Wednesday. They failed to do that.

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07/02/2020 - Coffee Talk: A conversation about drug overdoses in the North Country: what you need to know and how the business community can help.

Panelists will present information on current overdose statistics, public awareness efforts, outreach efforts, treatment availability and options, and recovery.  Businesses may have employees that are using, or family members of employees that are using, and the panelists will be able to discuss and answer questions about these scenarios.  Additionally, it is critical that recovering individuals be able to obtain sustained employment.  Panelists will discuss employment needs of recovering individuals in Jefferson County, and what other communities have done to increase successful employment for recovering individuals.      

Panelists include: 
Stephen Jennings, Health Planner, Jefferson County Public Health Service
Anita Seefried-Brown, Project Director, Alliance for Better Communities

Timothy Ruetten, Jefferson County Director of Community Services
Wanda Holtz, Director, Anchor Recovery Center of Northern New York

 


Coffee Talk is a web-based series hosted by the Greater Watertown - North Country Chamber of Commerce in response to the COVID-19 Crisis. Our weekly Coffee Talk offers an educational opportunity, bringing on guest speakers to answer questions on relevant topics for our business community.


07/02/2020 - Coffee Talk: A conversation about drug overdoses in the North Country: what you need to know and how the business community can help.

Panelists will present information on current overdose statistics, public awareness efforts, outreach efforts, treatment availability and options, and recovery.  Businesses may have employees that are using, or family members of employees that are using, and the panelists will be able to discuss and answer questions about these scenarios.  Additionally, it is critical that recovering individuals be able to obtain sustained employment.  Panelists will discuss employment needs of recovering individuals in Jefferson County, and what other communities have done to increase successful employment for recovering individuals.      

Panelists include: 
Stephen Jennings, Health Planner, Jefferson County Public Health Service
Anita Seefried-Brown, Project Director, Alliance for Better Communities

Timothy Ruetten, Jefferson County Director of Community Services
Wanda Holtz, Director, Anchor Recovery Center of Northern New York

 


Coffee Talk is a web-based series hosted by the Greater Watertown - North Country Chamber of Commerce in response to the COVID-19 Crisis. Our weekly Coffee Talk offers an educational opportunity, bringing on guest speakers to answer questions on relevant topics for our business community.


07/02/2020 - Coffee Talk: A conversation about overdose in the North Country & how the business community can help.

Coffee Talk is a web-based series hosted by the Greater Watertown - North Country Chamber of Commerce in response to the COVID-19 Crisis. Our weekly Coffee Talk offers an educational opportunity, bringing on guest speakers to answer questions on relevant topics for our business community.


07/02/2020 - Jefferson County Business - Hand Sanitizer & Face Mask Distribution

Jefferson County Chambers of Commerce and area marketing organizations have partnered with Jefferson County and Jefferson County Economic Development to distribute NYS Clean Hand Sanitizer to businesses across the county. If you are a business in need of hand sanitizer, please sign-up so we can manage the inventory needed. Each business has access to two (2) One Gallon jugs of hand sanitizer, ten (10) 2 oz. hand spray bottles and face masks free of charge. 
 
Businesses can pick up the free hand sanitizer and face masks on Thursday, July 2nd from 11am - 3pm at the JB Wise Pavilion in Watertown, NY. We ask that you remain in your vehicle and a volunteer will load the bottles into the trunk of your vehicle safely with no person to person contact. 

In addition, all businesses will receive a Support Locally poster as part of our unified branding effort to show support of our local business community,


07/02/2020 - Jefferson County Business - Hand Sanitizer & Face Mask Distribution

Jefferson County Chambers of Commerce and marketing organizations have partnered with Jefferson County and Jefferson County Economic Development to distribute NYS Clean Hand Sanitizer to businesses across the county. If you are a business in need of hand sanitizer, please sign-up so we can manage the inventory needed. Each business has access to two (2) One Gallon jugs of hand sanitizer, ten (10) 2 oz. hand spray bottles and face masks free of charge. 
 
Businesses can pick up the free hand sanitizer and face masks on Thursday, July 2nd from 11am - 3pm at the JB Wise Pavilion in Watertown, NY. We ask that you remain in your vehicle and a volunteer will load the bottles into the trunk of your vehicle safely with no person to person contact. 

In addition, all businesses will receive a Support Locally poster as part of our unified branding effort to show support of our local business community,


07/02/2020 - Coffee Talk: Dealing with overdose in the North Country. How the business community can help.

Coffee Talk is a web-based series hosted by the Greater Watertown - North Country Chamber of Commerce in response to the COVID-19 Crisis. Our weekly Coffee Talk offers an educational opportunity, bringing on guest speakers to answer questions on relevant topics for our business community.


07/02/2020 - Coffee Talk: Dealing with overdose in the North Country. How the business community can help.

Coffee Talk is a web-based series hosted by the Greater Watertown - North Country Chamber of Commerce in response to the COVID-19 Crisis. Our weekly Coffee Talk offers an educational opportunity, bringing on guest speakers to answer questions on relevant topics for our business community.


As Colorado’s COVID-19 cases increase, teens and young adults see higher rates of infections

Coronavirus infections have increased among younger Coloradans in recent weeks, a trend that mirrors what is happening in states like Arizona, Florida and Texas where COVID-19 cases are surging.

Overall, the number of novel coronavirus cases in Colorado has increased slightly in recent weeks, but the state has not yet seen the same level of spikes in cases as some other states. As a result, public health officials are urging residents to forgo large gatherings to prevent Colorado from following in those states’ footsteps.

“We’re certainly at a critical point right now,” said Rachel Herlihy, the state epidemiologist, adding, “If we need to take action to potentially decrease transmission we’ll look into what those strategies need to be for Colorado.”

The number of new COVID-19 cases in Colorado rose last week for the first time since late April, and appear to be continuing that upward trend this week.

In the past four weeks, total COVID-19 infections statewide have increased by about 25%. But among children, teens and young adults that rate is even higher.

The rate of infection among those between the ages 10 and 19jumped 53.5% over the same period, according to a Denver Post analysis of data from the state health department.

The infection rate among those under 10 years old also increased by 47.5%. And for those in their 20s and 30s, the infection rate grew by 40.3% and 26%, respectively.

It’s unclear exactly why there has been an increase in the number of COVID-19 infections, but local public health officials have reported clusters of cases among teens and young adults in various counties.

Young adults and teens also are more likely to be mobile and interact with each other, which increases their risk of exposure to the novel coronavirus, according to public health experts.

So far, there are no indications that the racial justice protests that have taken place over the past month have led to a surge in COVID-19 cases.

In fact, one study by the National Bureau of Economic Research, found that during the demonstrations more people stayed home. So while the disease may have been transmitted during the protests, there was overall an increase in social distancing in the cities with civil unrest.

“That could change,” said Glen Mays, a professor of health policy at the Colorado School of Public Health. “But at this stage, I don’t think we have any strong evidence that protesters themselves encountered any heightened risk.”

The concern over social gatherings is such that Gov. Jared Polis earlier this week repeatedly discouraged Coloradans from coming together in large groups, including for July 4 celebrations. However, he made no move to the reverse the state’s reopening process, which could soon allow for bigger events.

“We’re not saying that individuals shouldn’t be out enjoying Colorado this summer,” Herlihy said. “But they should be doing it in a safe way.”

Rising cases among teens and young adults

Other states also have reported jumps in infections among younger people. In Arizona, almost half of the state’s cases are made up of people 20 to 44years old, according to the state’s health department.

Young adults and teenagers are at a lower risk of complications from COVID-19, but they can still face difficulties and hospitalizations from the disease. They can also be asymptomatic carriers, meaning they can transmit the virus to those who are more at risk of complications without experiencing severe symptoms themselves.

Herlihy has estimated that the asymptomatic rate among young people is about 50%.

So far, the outbreak in Colorado has affected older individuals at a higher rate than their younger peers. For example, individuals 80 and older make up just more than 3% of the state’s population, but account for 7.15% of cases and 53.5% of deaths, according to the state Department of Public Health and Environment.

A concern about these clusters of cases is that they indicate continued community transmission of the disease, said Eagle County spokeswoman Kris Widlak.

“What we’re trying to do is slow the spread,” Widlak said. “So if any group is spreading it more quickly, we have concern.”

Herlihy estimated that Colorado’s “R-naught” value, which reflects the average number of people infected by one person, likely surpassed 1 in mid-June. This means each person with the virus is potentially transmitting the disease to more people.

“Now is not the time to feel like the battle is won and that we can relax things,” Mays said. “We’re still at a very tenuous time.”

On Friday, the state reported 317 new cases of the novel coronavirus. Of those, 313 were for people who tested positive in recent days, while the rest were older cases. Overall, more than 31,790 people have tested positive for the respiratory disease COVID-19 since March, according to the state Department of Public Health and Environment.

Positivity rates have increased slightly, although hospitalizations for COIVD-19 have plateaued. On Friday, there were 129 people in the hospital with the disease across the state.

The health department also confirmed another seven people have died, bringing the total number of deaths due to COVID-19 to 1,482.

Counties report spikes in cases

The new cases among young Coloradans comes as local public health officials reported spikes in cases.

In Boulder County, more than 100 people tested positive for the disease following a mixture of college parties, protests and travel. In Eagle County, public officials also confirmed cases among teenagers and young adults following social gatherings.

San Miguel County officials reported a rise in cases in recent weeks, with 11 active cases as of Friday. While not all of the cases are related, teenagers are among some of those to test positive for COVID-19.

After one 17-year-old from Telluride tested positive, public health officials released a letter to parents asking families to take precautions — such as curbing their contact with others — if their child also had been at a social gathering the teen previously attended.

“We realize that teenagers are social beings and this pandemic is cramping their style,” the public health department wrote. “But we know we must collectively change our behaviors, to change the trajectory of this pandemic.”

 


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06/25/2020 - Coffee Talk w/ Scott Gray & Steve Jennings - Phase IV Reopening

Coffee Talk is a web-based series hosted by the Greater Watertown - North Country Chamber of Commerce in response to the COVID-19 Crisis. The series serves two primary purposes. First, Coffee Talk is a place where community members can have a digital dialogue during the COVID-19 Crisis, offering a platform where people can interact in a casual conversation each week. Coffee Talk also offers an educational component. Each week, we bring on special guest speakers to answer questions on relevant topics.

 

06/25/2020 - Coffee Talk w/ Scott Gray & Steve Jennings - Phase IV Reopening

Coffee Talk is a web-based series hosted by the Greater Watertown - North Country Chamber of Commerce in response to the COVID-19 Crisis. The series serves two primary purposes. First, Coffee Talk is a place where community members can have a digital dialogue during the COVID-19 Crisis, offering a platform where people can interact in a casual conversation each week. Coffee Talk also offers an educational component. Each week, we bring on special guest speakers to answer questions on relevant topics.

 

PHOTOS: Virtual Juneteenth music festival

A virtual Juneteenth celebration was held at Get Busy Livin Studios on Thursday, June 18, 2020. The event was hosted by local media personality Oren Lomena and featured live music, interviews with leaders of the black community and a variety of cutaways to live events happening in the city.


06/18/2020 - Coffee Talk w/ the U.S. Small Business Administration


U.S. Small Business Administration's BJ Paprocki, District Director and Dan Rickman, Deputy District Director will discuss the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) and Advance program which has opened back up to all eligible non-profit and small businesses impacted by the Covid-19 Pandemic. We will also learn about the new and revised guidance regarding the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) which expands the program and provides borrowers with more flexibility.

Coffee Talk is a web-based series hosted by the Greater Watertown - North Country Chamber of Commerce. The series provides an opportunity to learn from our guest speakers on a variety of topics relevant to current business conditions with a question and answer format. 

 

06/18/2020 - Coffee Talk w/ the U.S. Small Business Administration


U.S. Small Business Administration's BJ Paprocki, District Director and Dan Rickman, Deputy District Director will discuss the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) and Advance program which has opened back up to all eligible non-profit and small businesses impacted by the Covid-19 Pandemic. We will also learn about the new and revised guidance regarding the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) which expands the program and provides borrowers with more flexibility.

Coffee Talk is a web-based series hosted by the Greater Watertown - North Country Chamber of Commerce. The series provides an opportunity to learn from our guest speakers on a variety of topics relevant to current business conditions with a question and answer format. 

 

Drive-in concerts, movies part of ‘new reality’ for Saskatchewan entertainment

Evraz Place in Regina will host three drive-in concerts in one day, while Saskatoon's SaskTel Centre is already embracing drive-in movies.


06/11/2020 - Coffee Talk w/ Scott Gray & Steve Jennings - Phase III Reopening

Coffee Talk is a web-based series hosted by the Greater Watertown - North Country Chamber of Commerce in response to the COVID-19 Crisis. The series serves two primary purposes. First, Coffee Talk is a place where community members can have a digital dialogue during the COVID-19 Crisis, offering a platform where people can interact in a casual conversation each week. Coffee Talk also offers an educational component. Each week, we bring on special guest speakers to answer questions on relevant topics.

 

06/11/2020 - Coffee Talk w/ Scott Gray & Steve Jennings - Phase III Reopening

Coffee Talk is a web-based series hosted by the Greater Watertown - North Country Chamber of Commerce in response to the COVID-19 Crisis. The series serves two primary purposes. First, Coffee Talk is a place where community members can have a digital dialogue during the COVID-19 Crisis, offering a platform where people can interact in a casual conversation each week. Coffee Talk also offers an educational component. Each week, we bring on special guest speakers to answer questions on relevant topics.

 

Protests over George Floyd’s death roll continue the ninth straight night in Denver

A ninth night of protests over the death of George Floyd launched Friday with multiple marches and rallies taking place in the heart of Denver.

One newly formed group, Colorado Attorneys Against Police Violence, took over the speakers on the Capitol steps to announce their intentions to stand with protesters and denounce racism and police violence.

“We know you all are on the right side of history, but that doesn’t mean it’s going to be easy,” LaQunya Baker, a Denver lawyer told the crowd.

While the first four nights of protests featured vandalism and looting among people on the streets and police firing tear gas and projectiles at protesters, recent nights have brought large, but calm crowds. Marches planned by various groups come and go from the Capitol grounds throughout the night.

Friday appears no different with at least one march planned to kick off at 8 p.m. with a schedule saying it will last two hours.

Two events in the metro area are planned for Saturday:

  • Blackout 2020 Aurora, sponsored by Say Their Names 5280 and 5280 Rapid Response Team, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., Aurora Municipal Center, 14999 E. Alameda Ave., Aurora.
    https://www.facebook.com/events/267566430966524
  • #BlackLivesMatter student led protest, hosted by Denver Metro BLM, 4 p.m., Saturday, 18250 E. 51st Ave., Denver. https://www.facebook.com/events/285730689132418/


06/04/2020 - Coffee Talk w/ Samaritan Medical Center

As businesses in the North Country re-open, the Samaritan team would like to offer some advice and best practices when it comes to screening employees, encouraging proper face mask use, hand hygiene and more.  With subject matter experts in Employee Health, Quality and Infection Prevention, our team is ready to answer questions you may have about these topics.  In addition, we want to provide some guidance and clarity about COVID-19 testing for your employees – when to send for testing and what the employee can expect when tested.  Samaritan is here to help answer these questions and hopefully provide some pointers on how to put these new requirements into place for a successful re-opening to maintain the good work the entire community has done to help flatten the curve.
 
Speakers:
Michelle Place, RN, Manager of Employee Health and Safety
Karen Abare, RN, Director of Infection Prevention
Heather Clement, RN, Patient Safety Officer and COVID-19 Resource Line Coordinator

Coffee Talk is a web-based series hosted by the Greater Watertown - North Country Chamber of Commerce in response to the COVID-19 Crisis. The series serves two primary purposes. First, Coffee Talk is a place where community members can have a digital dialogue during the COVID-19 Crisis, offering a platform where people can interact in a casual conversation each week. Coffee Talk also offers an educational component. Each week, we bring on special guest speakers to answer questions on relevant topics.

 

06/04/2020 - Coffee Talk w/ Samaritan Medical Center

Coffee Talk is a web-based series hosted by the Greater Watertown - North Country Chamber of Commerce in response to the COVID-19 Crisis. The series serves two primary purposes. First, Coffee Talk is a place where community members can have a digital dialogue during the COVID-19 Crisis, offering a platform where people can interact in a casual conversation each week. Coffee Talk also offers an educational component. Each week, we bring on special guest speakers to answer questions on relevant topics.

 

06/01/2020 - Coffee Talk: Casual Conversation! 6/2/20

Coffee Talk is a web-based series hosted by the Greater Watertown - North Country Chamber of Commerce in response to the COVID-19 Crisis. The series serves two primary purposes. First, Coffee Talk is a place where community members can have a digital dialogue during the COVID-19 Crisis, offering a platform where people can interact in a casual conversation each week. Coffee Talk also offers an educational component. Each week, we bring on special guest speakers to answer questions on relevant topics.

 

06/01/2020 - Coffee Talk: Casual Conversation! 6/2/20

Coffee Talk is a web-based series hosted by the Greater Watertown - North Country Chamber of Commerce in response to the COVID-19 Crisis. The series serves two primary purposes. First, Coffee Talk is a place where community members can have a digital dialogue during the COVID-19 Crisis, offering a platform where people can interact in a casual conversation each week. Coffee Talk also offers an educational component. Each week, we bring on special guest speakers to answer questions on relevant topics.

 

05/28/2020 - Coffee Talk w/ Scott Gray & Steve Jennings - Phase II Reopening

Coffee Talk is a web-based series hosted by the Greater Watertown - North Country Chamber of Commerce in response to the COVID-19 Crisis. The series serves two primary purposes. First, Coffee Talk is a place where community members can have a digital dialogue during the COVID-19 Crisis, offering a platform where people can interact in a casual conversation each week. Coffee Talk also offers an educational component. Each week, we bring on special guest speakers to answer questions on relevant topics.

 

05/28/2020 - Coffee Talk w/ Scott Gray & Steve Jennings - Phase II Reopening

Coffee Talk is a web-based series hosted by the Greater Watertown - North Country Chamber of Commerce in response to the COVID-19 Crisis. The series serves two primary purposes. First, Coffee Talk is a place where community members can have a digital dialogue during the COVID-19 Crisis, offering a platform where people can interact in a casual conversation each week. Coffee Talk also offers an educational component. Each week, we bring on special guest speakers to answer questions on relevant topics.

 

05/26/2020 - Coffee Talk: Casual Conversation! 5/26/20

Coffee Talk is a web-based series hosted by the Greater Watertown - North Country Chamber of Commerce in response to the COVID-19 Crisis. The series serves two primary purposes. First, Coffee Talk is a place where community members can have a digital dialogue during the COVID-19 Crisis, offering a platform where people can interact in a casual conversation each week. Coffee Talk also offers an educational component. Each week, we bring on special guest speakers to answer questions on relevant topics.

 

05/26/2020 - Coffee Talk: Casual Conversation! 5/26/20

Coffee Talk is a web-based series hosted by the Greater Watertown - North Country Chamber of Commerce in response to the COVID-19 Crisis. The series serves two primary purposes. First, Coffee Talk is a place where community members can have a digital dialogue during the COVID-19 Crisis, offering a platform where people can interact in a casual conversation each week. Coffee Talk also offers an educational component. Each week, we bring on special guest speakers to answer questions on relevant topics.

 

05/21/2020 - Coffee Talk w/ Dr. Ty Stone, Jefferson Community College

Coffee Talk is a web-based series hosted by the Greater Watertown - North Country Chamber of Commerce in response to the COVID-19 Crisis. The series serves two primary purposes. First, Coffee Talk is a place where community members can have a digital dialogue during the COVID-19 Crisis, offering a platform where people can interact in a casual conversation each week. Coffee Talk also offers an educational component. Each week, we bring on special guest speakers to answer questions on relevant topics.

 

05/19/2020 - Coffee Talk: Casual Conversation! 5/19/20

Coffee Talk is a web-based series hosted by the Greater Watertown - North Country Chamber of Commerce in response to the COVID-19 Crisis. The series serves two primary purposes. First, Coffee Talk is a place where community members can have a digital dialogue during the COVID-19 Crisis, offering a platform where people can interact in a casual conversation each week. Coffee Talk also offers an educational component. Each week, we bring on special guest speakers to answer questions on relevant topics.

 

05/19/2020 - Coffee Talk: Casual Conversation! 5/19/20

Coffee Talk is a web-based series hosted by the Greater Watertown - North Country Chamber of Commerce in response to the COVID-19 Crisis. The series serves two primary purposes. First, Coffee Talk is a place where community members can have a digital dialogue during the COVID-19 Crisis, offering a platform where people can interact in a casual conversation each week. Coffee Talk also offers an educational component. Each week, we bring on special guest speakers to answer questions on relevant topics.

 

05/21/2020 - Coffee Talk w/ Dr. Ty Stone, Jefferson Community College

Coffee Talk is a web-based series hosted by the Greater Watertown - North Country Chamber of Commerce in response to the COVID-19 Crisis. The series serves two primary purposes. First, Coffee Talk is a place where community members can have a digital dialogue during the COVID-19 Crisis, offering a platform where people can interact in a casual conversation each week. Coffee Talk also offers an educational component. Each week, we bring on special guest speakers to answer questions on relevant topics.

 

05/14/2020 - Coffee Talk w/ Scott Gray - Update on Reopening our Economy

Coffee Talk is a web-based series hosted by the Greater Watertown - North Country Chamber of Commerce in response to the COVID-19 Crisis. The series serves two primary purposes. First, Coffee Talk is a place where community members can have a digital dialogue during the COVID-19 Crisis, offering a platform where people can interact in a casual conversation each week. Coffee Talk also offers an educational component. Each week, we bring on special guest speakers to answer questions on relevant topics.

 

05/14/2020 - Coffee Talk w/ Scott Gray - Update on Reopening our Economy

Coffee Talk is a web-based series hosted by the Greater Watertown - North Country Chamber of Commerce in response to the COVID-19 Crisis. The series serves two primary purposes. First, Coffee Talk is a place where community members can have a digital dialogue during the COVID-19 Crisis, offering a platform where people can interact in a casual conversation each week. Coffee Talk also offers an educational component. Each week, we bring on special guest speakers to answer questions on relevant topics.

 

05/14/2020 - Coffee Talk w/ Scott Gray - North Country Control Room Member

Coffee Talk is a web-based series hosted by the Greater Watertown - North Country Chamber of Commerce in response to the COVID-19 Crisis. The series serves two primary purposes. First, Coffee Talk is a place where community members can have a digital dialogue during the COVID-19 Crisis, offering a platform where people can interact in a casual conversation each week. Coffee Talk also offers an educational component. Each week, we bring on special guest speakers to answer questions on relevant topics.

 

05/12/2020 - Coffee Talk: Casual Conversation! 5/12/20

Coffee Talk is a web-based series hosted by the Greater Watertown - North Country Chamber of Commerce in response to the COVID-19 Crisis. The series serves two primary purposes. First, Coffee Talk is a place where community members can have a digital dialogue during the COVID-19 Crisis, offering a platform where people can interact in a casual conversation each week. Coffee Talk also offers an educational component. Each week, we bring on special guest speakers to answer questions on relevant topics.

 

05/12/2020 - Coffee Talk: Casual Conversation! 5/12/20

Coffee Talk is a web-based series hosted by the Greater Watertown - North Country Chamber of Commerce in response to the COVID-19 Crisis. The series serves two primary purposes. First, Coffee Talk is a place where community members can have a digital dialogue during the COVID-19 Crisis, offering a platform where people can interact in a casual conversation each week. Coffee Talk also offers an educational component. Each week, we bring on special guest speakers to answer questions on relevant topics.

 

Tired of coronavirus doom and gloom? You’re not alone.

It’s been more than six weeks since our physical worlds began closing in on us, from school and business closures that marooned many at home to travel restrictions that put most of our big, beautiful state out of reach.

Even as much of the Denver metro area remains under a stay-at-home order through Friday, there are increasing signs of fatigue. Each day under the uncomfortable new normal brings a stream of urgent coronavirus headlines and updates — as well as signs that people need an escape, from Denver parks and foothills trails crowded with sun-seekers to busy aisles at suburban home-improvement stores, which never closed down.

Lucy East understands the reasons for the continuing call for masks, social distancing and other precautions. She and her husband, Jonathan, both civil engineers, are working from home in Wheat Ridge. They’re being careful by ordering grocery deliveries and keeping their toddler out of day care to limit the family’s exposure.

But the longer it lasts, the lockdown takes a quiet emotional toll. The couple’s daughter, Alice, turned 1 on Thursday. Her grandparents are eager for family time.

“It’s getting a bit harder as time goes on not to see friends and family, especially for a birthday,” East said.

At times, frustrations have boiled over, as when a post on the Nextdoor site in northwest Denver declared last week: “It’s time to get back to living life.” The post quickly was met with competing torrents of applause and indignation. A day later, it had been taken down.

The rest of the state, along with Douglas County, began transitioning last week to Gov. Jared Polis’ “safer-at-home” order, which allowed many businesses to reopen with certain restrictions. The order keeps certain social distancing measures in place, and Polis still is urging people to wear masks when out in public — though adherence to this is spotty, at best.

But even as the governor called for continued vigilance and sacrifice, a public health expert who’s helped develop state COVID-19 projections says it’s natural that people are letting their guard down.

“More as a human being, I understand how people over time are feeling cooped up and experiencing this restlessness,” said Elizabeth Carlton, an assistant professor at the Colorado School of Public Health. “As someone who’s worked on the modeling team, I think the message that came through really clear when we were in our last set of simulations is that the next phase of this epidemic in Colorado will really be defined by how well we can maintain a certain amount of distance from each other, as hard as that is.”

Uncertainty in the new normal

How long variations on this new normal will last remains an unanswered question. It’s unclear how much longer it will be before we can go to the movies, attend sporting events or gather to hear live music. Or how long before younger children, after adapting to remote learning, can simply play with their friends again.

A look at the little data that’s available shows plenty of people have skirted the rules at times, whether it’s tossing a frisbee or a football in a park — despite Denver Mayor Michael Hancock’s order against group sports activities — or venturing outside the house for trips deemed “unessential” by government orders.

Google has released periodic reports tracking movement through aggregate location data from people’s mobile phones. Through late March, its data for Colorado showed significant drops in travel to several types of destinations, compared to baseline levels prior to state and local restrictions taking effect.

But as April progressed, Google’s latest report shows, the extent that travel declined compared to baselines was considerably less, especially for trips to shop, eat and seek entertainment. When it comes to visiting parks and other outdoor places, Coloradans went from a 12% average decrease from normal in the March 29 report to 15% above the baseline in the April 26 report.

Some people are eager to move on.

When Echter’s Nursery and Garden Center in Arvada reopened its doors for in-person shopping on Thursday, after limiting sales to pickup orders for weeks, Gerald and Sandra Grant were among dozens of people in a line outside that snaked along the sidewalk and into the parking lot. The Grants said they relied heavily on President Donald Trump’s near-daily press conferences, calling them “encouraging.”

When asked how they were coping with the lockdown, Gerald laughed.

“What lockdown?” he said, before his wife said: “We’re off lockdown now.”

Another measure of fatigue came in a study released last week by the Pew Research Center. When it comes to following coronavirus news, Americans seem to be bordering on burnout.

Pew found 71% of more than 10,000 U.S. adults it surveyed in late April said they needed regular breaks from the news, compared to 28% who said they needed to stay constantly tuned in. More than 40% said COVID-related news made them feel worse emotionally.

Early on, Lucy East said she followed the news incessantly. Then a wellness challenge from her employer encouraged East and her coworkers to limit their news intake to 30 minutes per day. She says doing that has improved her mental health.

But Allea Ryan of Federal Heights still tunes in to broadcast news daily and receives breaking-news alerts on her phone. She likes keeping up, especially since her daughter is considered an essential worker at Walmart.

“I think if we stop hearing about it is when I’d become worried,” Ryan said.

Grappling with “what life might start to look like”

People dance as guitarist Russ Grabski ...
Helen H. Richardson, The Denver Post

People dance as guitarist Russ Grabski , right, play with their band The Good Kind as they perform in front of house belonging Lisa Cooper on May 3, 2020 in Gunbarrel. The group played in front of four different homes in the Boulder area to help alleviate the isolation caused by the coronavirus. The band kept their performances to groups of small friends that watched from their driveways most wearing masks and keep their distances from one another. The money the band raised from donations goes directly to There With Care that has been providing support for families during the critical phase of a medical crisis, easing their daily stresses with compassion and care.

Given the unprecedented nature of the pandemic response, psychologist Michelle Rozenman says any fatigue that develops often is rooted in prolonged stress, loneliness, guilt or exhaustion from new situations in people’s work or home lives.

“At this point, six weeks in, people have had an opportunity to see what life might start to look like,” said Rozenman, an assistant professor of psychology at the University of Denver. “So whatever that means for them, however their routines have changed, if there’s a lack of consistency or structure, that may cause a problem.”

That upheaval has saddled children with anxiety and other challenges, too, she said, citing observations from her doctoral students’ remote therapy sessions with families in recent weeks.

Early last week, Polis acknowledged the pain brought by the stay-at-home orders. He took the tack of applauding the state’s residents for largely abiding by them. And he pleaded for patience, while announcing later in the week that his administration will put more emphasis on addressing the mental health effects of the crisis.

“There’s no easy answers here at all,” the governor said during his April 27 daily news conference. “We’re being challenged — we’re being asked to make sacrifices in our way. God willing, we should continue to be patient and treat each other with respect and love, knowing that better days (are ahead). … It’s a time not for anxiety, not for fear, but for justified caution.”

Rozenman said adults and children alike can enhance their mental calm in times like this by establishing routines, engaging in some kind of daily exercise, eating healthy food and getting consistent sleep as often as possible.

Carlton, the public health professor, urged common sense as restrictions are relaxed, adding that the onus would increasingly be on elected officials to “communicate what’s OK in addition to what’s not OK” to put people at ease.

As some models predict a second wave of coronavirus infections, she worries about limits in the public’s patience with social and physical restrictions.

“That has been a real big question that we’ve wrestled with,” Carlton said. “Nobody sees stay-at-home orders as sustainable for a very long period of time — or people will get restless.”

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05/07/2020 - Coffee Talk w/ Bowers & Company CPAs

Coffee Talk is a web-based series hosted by the Greater Watertown - North Country Chamber of Commerce in response to the COVID-19 Crisis. The series serves two primary purposes. First, Coffee Talk is a place where community members can have a digital dialogue during the COVID-19 Crisis, offering a platform where people can interact in a casual conversation each week. Coffee Talk also offers an educational component. Each week, we bring on special guest speakers to answer questions on relevant topics.

 

05/07/2020 - Coffee Talk w/ Bowers & Company CPAs

Coffee Talk is a web-based series hosted by the Greater Watertown - North Country Chamber of Commerce in response to the COVID-19 Crisis. The series serves two primary purposes. First, Coffee Talk is a place where community members can have a digital dialogue during the COVID-19 Crisis, offering a platform where people can interact in a casual conversation each week. Coffee Talk also offers an educational component. Each week, we bring on special guest speakers to answer questions on relevant topics.

 

05/05/2020 - Coffee Talk: Casual Conversation! 5/5/20

Coffee Talk is a web-based series hosted by the Greater Watertown - North Country Chamber of Commerce in response to the COVID-19 Crisis. The series serves two primary purposes. First, Coffee Talk is a place where community members can have a digital dialogue during the COVID-19 Crisis, offering a platform where people can interact in a casual conversation each week. Coffee Talk also offers an educational component. Each week, we bring on special guest speakers to answer questions on relevant topics.

 

05/07/2020 - Coffee Talk w/ Guest Speaker

Coffee Talk is a web-based series hosted by the Greater Watertown - North Country Chamber of Commerce in response to the COVID-19 Crisis. The series serves two primary purposes. First, Coffee Talk is a place where community members can have a digital dialogue during the COVID-19 Crisis, offering a platform where people can interact in a casual conversation each week. Coffee Talk also offers an educational component. Each week, we bring on special guest speakers to answer questions on relevant topics.

 

05/05/2020 - Coffee Talk: Casual Conversation! 5/5/20

Coffee Talk is a web-based series hosted by the Greater Watertown - North Country Chamber of Commerce in response to the COVID-19 Crisis. The series serves two primary purposes. First, Coffee Talk is a place where community members can have a digital dialogue during the COVID-19 Crisis, offering a platform where people can interact in a casual conversation each week. Coffee Talk also offers an educational component. Each week, we bring on special guest speakers to answer questions on relevant topics.

 

05/07/2020 - Coffee Talk w/ Guest Speaker

Coffee Talk is a web-based series hosted by the Greater Watertown - North Country Chamber of Commerce in response to the COVID-19 Crisis. The series serves two primary purposes. First, Coffee Talk is a place where community members can have a digital dialogue during the COVID-19 Crisis, offering a platform where people can interact in a casual conversation each week. Coffee Talk also offers an educational component. Each week, we bring on special guest speakers to answer questions on relevant topics.

 

04/30/2020 - Coffee Talk w/ Scott Gray - Chairman, Jefferson County Board of Legislators

Coffee Talk is a web-based series hosted by the Greater Watertown - North Country Chamber of Commerce in response to the COVID-19 Crisis. The series serves two primary purposes. First, Coffee Talk is a place where community members can have a digital dialogue during the COVID-19 Crisis, offering a platform where people can interact in a casual conversation each week. Coffee Talk also offers an educational component. Each week, we bring on special guest speakers to answer questions on relevant topics.

 

04/30/2020 - Coffee Talk w/ Scott Gray - Chairman, Jefferson County Board of Legislators

Coffee Talk is a web-based series hosted by the Greater Watertown - North Country Chamber of Commerce in response to the COVID-19 Crisis. The series serves two primary purposes. First, Coffee Talk is a place where community members can have a digital dialogue during the COVID-19 Crisis, offering a platform where people can interact in a casual conversation each week. Coffee Talk also offers an educational component. Each week, we bring on special guest speakers to answer questions on relevant topics.

 

04/30/2020 - Coffee Talk w/ Scott Gray - Chairman, Jefferson County Board of Legislators

Coffee Talk is a web-based series hosted by the Greater Watertown - North Country Chamber of Commerce in response to the COVID-19 Crisis. The series serves two primary purposes. First, Coffee Talk is a place where community members can have a digital dialogue during the COVID-19 Crisis, offering a platform where people can interact in a casual conversation each week. Coffee Talk also offers an educational component. Each week, we bring on special guest speakers to answer questions on relevant topics.

 

04/27/2020 - Coffee Talk w/ Scott Gray - Chairman, Jefferson County Board of Legislators

Coffee Talk is a web-based series hosted by the Greater Watertown - North Country Chamber of Commerce in response to the COVID-19 Crisis. The series serves two primary purposes. First, Coffee Talk is a place where community members can have a digital dialogue during the COVID-19 Crisis, offering a platform where people can interact in a casual conversation each week. Coffee Talk also offers an educational component. Each week, we bring on special guest speakers to answer questions on relevant topics.

 

04/27/2020 - Coffee Talk w/ Scott Gray - Chairman, Jefferson County Board of Legislators

Coffee Talk is a web-based series hosted by the Greater Watertown - North Country Chamber of Commerce in response to the COVID-19 Crisis. The series serves two primary purposes. First, Coffee Talk is a place where community members can have a digital dialogue during the COVID-19 Crisis, offering a platform where people can interact in a casual conversation each week. Coffee Talk also offers an educational component. Each week, we bring on special guest speakers to answer questions on relevant topics.

 

04/28/2020 - Coffee Talk: Casual Conversation! 4/28/20

Coffee Talk is a web-based series hosted by the Greater Watertown - North Country Chamber of Commerce in response to the COVID-19 Crisis. The series serves two primary purposes. First, Coffee Talk is a place where community members can have a digital dialogue during the COVID-19 Crisis, offering a platform where people can interact in a casual conversation each week. Coffee Talk also offers an educational component. Each week, we bring on special guest speakers to answer questions on relevant topics.

 

04/21/2020 - Coffee Talk: Casual Conversation! 4/21/20

Coffee Talk is a web-based series hosted by the Greater Watertown - North Country Chamber of Commerce in response to the COVID-19 Crisis. The series serves two primary purposes. First, Coffee Talk is a place where community members can have a digital dialogue during the COVID-19 Crisis, offering a platform where people can interact in a casual conversation each week. Coffee Talk also offers an educational component. Each week, we bring on special guest speakers to answer questions on relevant topics.

 

04/21/2020 - Coffee Talk: Casual Conversation! 4/21/20

Coffee Talk is a web-based series hosted by the Greater Watertown - North Country Chamber of Commerce in response to the COVID-19 Crisis. The series serves two primary purposes. First, Coffee Talk is a place where community members can have a digital dialogue during the COVID-19 Crisis, offering a platform where people can interact in a casual conversation each week. Coffee Talk also offers an educational component. Each week, we bring on special guest speakers to answer questions on relevant topics.

 

04/28/2020 - Coffee Talk: Casual Conversation! 4/28/20

Coffee Talk is a web-based series hosted by the Greater Watertown - North Country Chamber of Commerce in response to the COVID-19 Crisis. The series serves two primary purposes. First, Coffee Talk is a place where community members can have a digital dialogue during the COVID-19 Crisis, offering a platform where people can interact in a casual conversation each week. Coffee Talk also offers an educational component. Each week, we bring on special guest speakers to answer questions on relevant topics.

 

04/23/2020 - Coffee Talk w/ Corey Fram - 1000 Islands International Tourism Council

Coffee Talk is a web-based series hosted by the Greater Watertown - North Country Chamber of Commerce in response to the COVID-19 Crisis. The series serves two primary purposes. First, Coffee Talk is a place where community members can have a digital dialogue during the COVID-19 Crisis, offering a platform where people can interact in a casual conversation each week. Coffee Talk also offers an educational component. Each week, we bring on special guest speakers to answer questions on relevant topics.

 

04/21/2020 - Coffee Talk: Casual Conversation!

Coffee Talk is a web-based series hosted by the Greater Watertown - North Country Chamber of Commerce in response to the COVID-19 Crisis. The series serves two primary purposes. First, Coffee Talk is a place where community members can have a digital dialogue during the COVID-19 Crisis, offering a platform where people can interact in a casual conversation each week. Coffee Talk also offers an educational component. Each week, we bring on special guest speakers to answer questions on relevant topics.

 

04/23/2020 - Coffee Talk w/ Corey Fram - 1000 Islands International Tourism Council

Coffee Talk is a web-based series hosted by the Greater Watertown - North Country Chamber of Commerce in response to the COVID-19 Crisis. The series serves two primary purposes. First, Coffee Talk is a place where community members can have a digital dialogue during the COVID-19 Crisis, offering a platform where people can interact in a casual conversation each week. Coffee Talk also offers an educational component. Each week, we bring on special guest speakers to answer questions on relevant topics.

 

04/16/2020 - Coffee Talk w/ Liz Lonergan at NYS Small Business Development Center

Coffee Talk is a web-based series hosted by the Greater Watertown - North Country Chamber of Commerce in response to the COVID-19 Crisis. The series serves two primary purposes. First, Coffee Talk is a place where community members can have a digital dialogue during the COVID-19 Crisis, offering a platform where people can interact in a casual conversation each week. Coffee Talk also offers an educational component. Each week, we bring on special guest speakers to answer questions on relevant topics.


04/16/2020 - Coffee Talk w/ Liz Lonergan at NYS Small Business Development Center

Coffee Talk is a web-based series hosted by the Greater Watertown - North Country Chamber of Commerce in response to the COVID-19 Crisis. The series serves two primary purposes. First, Coffee Talk is a place where community members can have a digital dialogue during the COVID-19 Crisis, offering a platform where people can interact in a casual conversation each week. Coffee Talk also offers an educational component. Each week, we bring on special guest speakers to answer questions on relevant topics.


04/14/2020 - Coffee Talk: Espresso Edition #1 with Kylie

Thanks for joining us these last few weeks with Coffee Talk. We're excited to bring a twist to this "event" and combine the structure of our quarterly Coffee & Connections with our new virtual Coffee Talk series. We're calling it Espresso Edition! 

Espresso Edition is set up in small groups in which we'll meet virtually and a member of the GWNC Chamber of Commerce team will moderate a discussion much like a networking round at the popular Coffee & Connections. We'll start with professional introductions, a 1-2 minute opening in which you introduce yourself, your business and share how others can best use or help your business right now. Then, we'll move on to prompts about our business and daily routines, each person will have a chance to speak. This is an open conversation and a great way to connect with community members. 

Each session will be capped at 10 attendees, registration is first come, first serve. There are 4 sessions offered on April 14, 2020 at varying times. Next week we'll go back to our regularly scheduled Coffee Talk open to all and revisit exclusive Espresso Edition in a few weeks. See you there! 

If you have any questions please feel free to email your host, Kylie Peck at kpeck@watertownny.com. 
 


04/14/2020 - Coffee Talk: Espresso Edition #2 with Jessica

Thanks for joining us these last few weeks with Coffee Talk. We're excited to bring a twist to this "event" and combine the structure of our quarterly Coffee & Connections with our new virtual Coffee Talk series. We're calling it Espresso Edition! 

Espresso Edition is set up in small groups in which we'll meet virtually and a member of the GWNC Chamber of Commerce team will moderate a discussion much like a networking round at the popular Coffee & Connections. We'll start with professional introductions, a 1-2 minute opening in which you introduce yourself, your business and share how others can best use or help your business right now. Then, we'll move on to prompts about our business and daily routines, each person will have a chance to speak. This is an open conversation and a great way to connect with community members. 

Each session will be capped at 10 attendees, registration is first come, first serve. There are 4 sessions offered on April 14, 2020 at varying times. Next week we'll go back to our regularly scheduled Coffee Talk open to all and revisit exclusive Espresso Edition in a few weeks. See you there! 

If you have any questions please feel free to email your host, Jessica Piatt Walczyk at jpiatt@watertownny.com. 
 


04/14/2020 - Coffee Talk: Espresso Edition #3 with Karl

Thanks for joining us these last few weeks with Coffee Talk. We're excited to bring a twist to this "event" and combine the structure of our quarterly Coffee & Connections with our new virtual Coffee Talk series. We're calling it Espresso Edition! 

Espresso Edition is set up in small groups in which we'll meet virtually and a member of the GWNC Chamber of Commerce team will moderate a discussion much like a networking round at the popular Coffee & Connections. We'll start with professional introductions, a 1-2 minute opening in which you introduce yourself, your business and share how others can best use or help your business right now. Then, we'll move on to prompts about our business and daily routines, each person will have a chance to speak. This is an open conversation and a great way to connect with community members. 

Each session will be capped at 10 attendees, registration is first come, first serve. There are 4 sessions offered on April 14, 2020 at varying times. Next week we'll go back to our regularly scheduled Coffee Talk open to all and revisit exclusive Espresso Edition in a few weeks. See you there! 

If you have any questions please feel free to email your host, Karl Ahlheim at kahlheim@watertownny.com. 
 


04/14/2020 - Coffee Talk: Espresso Edition #4 with Kayla

Thanks for joining us these last few weeks with Coffee Talk. We're excited to bring a twist to this "event" and combine the structure of our quarterly Coffee & Connections with our new virtual Coffee Talk series. We're calling it Espresso Edition! 

Espresso Edition is set up in small groups in which we'll meet virtually and a member of the GWNC Chamber of Commerce team will moderate a discussion much like a networking round at the popular Coffee & Connections. We'll start with professional introductions, a 1-2 minute opening in which you introduce yourself, your business and share how others can best use or help your business right now. Then, we'll move on to prompts about our business and daily routines, each person will have a chance to speak. This is an open conversation and a great way to connect with community members. 

Each session will be capped at 10 attendees, registration is first come, first serve. There are 4 sessions offered on April 14, 2020 at varying times. Next week we'll go back to our regularly scheduled Coffee Talk open to all and revisit exclusive Espresso Edition in a few weeks. See you there! 

If you have any questions please feel free to email your host, Kayla Perry at kperry@watertownny.com. 
 


04/14/2020 - Coffee Talk: Espresso Edition #4 with Kayla

Thanks for joining us these last few weeks with Coffee Talk. We're excited to bring a twist to this "event" and combine the structure of our quarterly Coffee & Connections with our new virtual Coffee Talk series. We're calling it Espresso Edition! 

Espresso Edition is set up in small groups in which we'll meet virtually and a member of the GWNC Chamber of Commerce team will moderate a discussion much like a networking round at the popular Coffee & Connections. We'll start with professional introductions, a 1-2 minute opening in which you introduce yourself, your business and share how others can best use or help your business right now. Then, we'll move on to prompts about our business and daily routines, each person will have a chance to speak. This is an open conversation and a great way to connect with community members. 

Each session will be capped at 10 attendees, registration is first come, first serve. There are 4 sessions offered on April 14, 2020 at varying times. Next week we'll go back to our regularly scheduled Coffee Talk open to all and revisit exclusive Espresso Edition in a few weeks. See you there! 

If you have any questions please feel free to email your host, Kayla Perry at kperry@watertownny.com. 
 


04/14/2020 - Coffee Talk: Espresso Edition #2 with Jessica

Thanks for joining us these last few weeks with Coffee Talk. We're excited to bring a twist to this "event" and combine the structure of our quarterly Coffee & Connections with our new virtual Coffee Talk series. We're calling it Espresso Edition! 

Espresso Edition is set up in small groups in which we'll meet virtually and a member of the GWNC Chamber of Commerce team will moderate a discussion much like a networking round at the popular Coffee & Connections. We'll start with professional introductions, a 1-2 minute opening in which you introduce yourself, your business and share how others can best use or help your business right now. Then, we'll move on to prompts about our business and daily routines, each person will have a chance to speak. This is an open conversation and a great way to connect with community members. 

Each session will be capped at 10 attendees, registration is first come, first serve. There are 4 sessions offered on April 14, 2020 at varying times. Next week we'll go back to our regularly scheduled Coffee Talk open to all and revisit exclusive Espresso Edition in a few weeks. See you there! 

If you have any questions please feel free to email your host, Jessica Piatt Walczyk at jpiatt@watertownny.com. 
 


04/14/2020 - Coffee Talk: Espresso Edition #1 with Kylie

Thanks for joining us these last few weeks with Coffee Talk. We're excited to bring a twist to this "event" and combine the structure of our quarterly Coffee & Connections with our new virtual Coffee Talk series. We're calling it Espresso Edition! 

Espresso Edition is set up in small groups in which we'll meet virtually and a member of the GWNC Chamber of Commerce team will moderate a discussion much like a networking round at the popular Coffee & Connections. We'll start with professional introductions, a 1-2 minute opening in which you introduce yourself, your business and share how others can best use or help your business right now. Then, we'll move on to prompts about our business and daily routines, each person will have a chance to speak. This is an open conversation and a great way to connect with community members. 

Each session will be capped at 10 attendees, registration is first come, first serve. There are 4 sessions offered on April 14, 2020 at varying times. Next week we'll go back to our regularly scheduled Coffee Talk open to all and revisit exclusive Espresso Edition in a few weeks. See you there! 

If you have any questions please feel free to email your host, Kylie Peck at kpeck@watertownny.com. 
 


04/14/2020 - Coffee Talk: Espresso Edition #3 with Karl

Thanks for joining us these last few weeks with Coffee Talk. We're excited to bring a twist to this "event" and combine the structure of our quarterly Coffee & Connections with our new virtual Coffee Talk series. We're calling it Espresso Edition! 

Espresso Edition is set up in small groups in which we'll meet virtually and a member of the GWNC Chamber of Commerce team will moderate a discussion much like a networking round at the popular Coffee & Connections. We'll start with professional introductions, a 1-2 minute opening in which you introduce yourself, your business and share how others can best use or help your business right now. Then, we'll move on to prompts about our business and daily routines, each person will have a chance to speak. This is an open conversation and a great way to connect with community members. 

Each session will be capped at 10 attendees, registration is first come, first serve. There are 4 sessions offered on April 14, 2020 at varying times. Next week we'll go back to our regularly scheduled Coffee Talk open to all and revisit exclusive Espresso Edition in a few weeks. See you there! 

If you have any questions please feel free to email your host, Karl Ahlheim at kahlheim@watertownny.com. 
 


04/08/2020 - GWNC Chamber Covid-19 Relief Funding Opportunities

Join us Wednesday afternoon at 1pm to hear about the funding opportunities available to businesses across the North Country. This call will cover Information about the Development Authority of the North Country & NCA programs and the SBA Loans and Paycheck Protection Program available to our business community. 

Speakers: 
Michelle Capone, Development Authority of the North Country/North Country Alliance 
Elizabeth Lonergan, Regional Director, NYS Small Business Development Center
Daniel Rickman, Deputy District Director, U.S. Small Business Administration

Password required and will be emailed upon registration.


04/08/2020 - GWNC Chamber Covid-19 Relief Funding Opportunities

Join us Wednesday afternoon at 1pm to hear about the funding opportunities available to businesses across the North Country. This call will cover Information about the Development Authority of the North Country & NCA programs and the SBA Loans and Paycheck Protection Program available to our business community. 

Speakers: 
Michelle Capone, Development Authority of the North Country/North Country Alliance 
Elizabeth Lonergan, Regional Director, NYS Small Business Development Center
Daniel Rickman, Regional Director, Small Business Administration
 


04/02/2020 - POSTPONED: Human Trafficking in Jefferson County: A Community Conversation

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.

Human Trafficking in Jefferson County: A Community Conversation Panelists from: Jefferson County DA Office, Child Advocacy Center, US Border Patrol, and a ConcernedParent *Free presentation and refreshments sponsored by the Watertown Catholic Community. *All Are Welcome


04/02/2020 - POSTPONED: Human Trafficking in Jefferson County: A Community Conversation

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.

Human Trafficking in Jefferson County: A Community Conversation Panelists from: Jefferson County DA Office, Child Advocacy Center, US Border Patrol, and a ConcernedParent *Free presentation and refreshments sponsored by the Watertown Catholic Community. *All Are Welcome


07/11/2020 - 4-H Livestock Auction

Individuals, Families & businesses are welcome to come support 4-H youth by purchasing an animal in the thrill and excitement of a live auction! For more information or to register as a buyer, Contact Rachel Nocella


06/28/2020 - Vacation Bible School 2020 (Honeyville Baptist Church)

North Castle is hidden in a frozen land. The King’s valiant Knights are on a quest in search of the King’s Armor. But the armor isn’t what they think it is. Cokesbury’s VBS 2020, Knights of North Castle: Quest for the King’s Armor, invites children to be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his power by exploring how we put on the armor of God. Kids will take on the role of brave Knights and begin their quest each session by opening the King’s Book. They’ll explore Old and New Testament stories and discover different pieces of protective armor — the Belt of Truth, the Breastplate of Justice, the Shoes of Peace, the Shield of Faith, and the Helmet of Salvation — at work in the lives of familiar Bible characters, and explore how that armor works in their own lives as they follow and serve God. Help kids take up the gauntlet this summer and accept the challenge to “armor up” and be strong by remaining with God.


04/29/2020 - Dollar Dinner

The Dollar Dinner program was created to provide a hot meal for individuals and families who would otherwise go without. The meal is just $1, or free with coupons available for individuals and families using the Watertown Urban Mission or Adams Food Pantry. The price is low so it is affordable, but these dinners are intended for everyone, without regard to income. This is also an opportunity to fellowship with your neighbors.


04/02/2020 - Human Trafficking in Jefferson County: A Community Conversation

Human Trafficking in Jefferson County: A Community Conversation Panelists from: Jefferson County DA Office, Child Advocacy Center, US Border Patrol, and a ConcernedParent *Free presentation and refreshments sponsored by the Watertown Catholic Community. *All Are Welcome


03/27/2020 - Legally Blonde

School production of "Legally Blonde" the musical.


03/22/2020 - Rutland Volunteer Fire Company All you can eat Pancake Breakfast

The Rutland Volunteer Fire Company will host our final all you can eat pancake breakfast for the season on Saturday March 22nd from 8am till noon. Breakfast will include pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage, bacon, milk, juice, and coffee. Cost is $10 for adults and $7 for children.


03/12/2020 - Lecture Series: Women in STEM

This event is in celebration of Women's History Month. Join us for a discussion about women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math as female students share their experiences and challenges to overcome gender bias. This event is free and open to the public.


07/11/2020 - 4-H Livestock Auction

Individuals, Families & businesses are welcome to come support 4-H youth by purchasing an animal in the thrill and excitement of a live auction! For more information or to register as a buyer, Contact Rachel Nocella


06/28/2020 - Vacation Bible School 2020 (Honeyville Baptist Church)

North Castle is hidden in a frozen land. The King’s valiant Knights are on a quest in search of the King’s Armor. But the armor isn’t what they think it is. Cokesbury’s VBS 2020, Knights of North Castle: Quest for the King’s Armor, invites children to be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his power by exploring how we put on the armor of God. Kids will take on the role of brave Knights and begin their quest each session by opening the King’s Book. They’ll explore Old and New Testament stories and discover different pieces of protective armor — the Belt of Truth, the Breastplate of Justice, the Shoes of Peace, the Shield of Faith, and the Helmet of Salvation — at work in the lives of familiar Bible characters, and explore how that armor works in their own lives as they follow and serve God. Help kids take up the gauntlet this summer and accept the challenge to “armor up” and be strong by remaining with God.


04/29/2020 - Dollar Dinner

The Dollar Dinner program was created to provide a hot meal for individuals and families who would otherwise go without. The meal is just $1, or free with coupons available for individuals and families using the Watertown Urban Mission or Adams Food Pantry. The price is low so it is affordable, but these dinners are intended for everyone, without regard to income. This is also an opportunity to fellowship with your neighbors.


04/02/2020 - Human Trafficking in Jefferson County: A Community Conversation

Human Trafficking in Jefferson County: A Community Conversation Panelists from: Jefferson County DA Office, Child Advocacy Center, US Border Patrol, and a ConcernedParent *Free presentation and refreshments sponsored by the Watertown Catholic Community. *All Are Welcome


03/27/2020 - Legally Blonde

School production of "Legally Blonde" the musical.


03/22/2020 - Rutland Volunteer Fire Company All you can eat Pancake Breakfast

The Rutland Volunteer Fire Company will host our final all you can eat pancake breakfast for the season on Saturday March 22nd from 8am till noon. Breakfast will include pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage, bacon, milk, juice, and coffee. Cost is $10 for adults and $7 for children.


03/12/2020 - Lecture Series: Women in STEM

This event is in celebration of Women's History Month. Join us for a discussion about women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math as female students share their experiences and challenges to overcome gender bias. This event is free and open to the public.


04/07/2020 - 2020 Job and Career Expo

 
 
FREE TO THE PUBLIC - JOB SEEKERS DO NOT HAVE TO REGISTER
ATTENTION EMPLOYERS: If you have open job positions, register your business today.

 

 

04/07/2020 - 2020 Job and Career Expo

 
 
FREE TO THE PUBLIC - JOB SEEKERS DO NOT HAVE TO REGISTER
ATTENTION EMPLOYERS: If you have open job positions, register your business today.

 

 

05/27/2020 - Watertown Farm & Craft Market - 2020 Season

Hey there, market-goer! Welcome to the Watertown Farm and Craft Market. Each season, we strive to provide the North Country with a vibrant market full of quality local products.

For Market updates throughout the summer and all year long follow us on Facebook and Instagram!

With the help of our fantastic vendors, we offer a variety of delicious produce, local beverages, unique crafts, and live music! The Watertown Farm & Craft Market enhances the community in which we live, work, and do business, by providing a place where neighbor can meet neighbor. Every Wednesday from May 27 - October 7 from 7:00 AM - 3:00 PM, our market comes to life! We stretch from the Dulles State Office Building Plaza, down Washington Street to the Morgan Stanley Building with an expansion down Sterling Street. Hosted by the Greater Watertown-North Country Chamber of Commerce, our market is a destination for families, friends, and professionals to shop local, eat local, and enjoy downtown Watertown. Since 1977, our market has become a hub for community.

 


03/21/2020 - Swiss'er Sweet Maple Weekend 2020

Swiss'er Sweet Maple has participated in Maple Weekend for the past 17 years. Our maple shanty & seasonal store are easily accessible with plenty of parking located 2 miles from Croghan. Come experience the Zehr family tradition, as we have produced maple syrup for many generations & continue to do so today using both old and new sugaring methods. Currently, Swiss'er Sweet Maple taps approximately 2100 trees on our 32 acre sugarbush to make our "Liquid Gold". During Maple Weekend, guided tours will be provided demonstrating the entire maple process from tree to table. Come bring your family & experience the tradition. Take a photo with "Sugarcake" the bear; sample a variety of maple products including our original maple walnut cream cheese; or watch how Maple cotton candy is made fresh on site. Free & Fun for all! Don't miss out on the first true Spring event in the North Country!


03/28/2020 - Swiss'er Sweet Maple Weekend

Swiss'er Sweet Maple has participated in Maple Weekend for the last 17 years. Our maple shanty & seasonal store are easily accessible with plenty of parking located 2 miles from Croghan. Come experience the Zehr family tradition, as we have produced maple syrup for many generations & continue to do so today using both old and new sugaring methods. Currently, Swiss'er Sweet Maple taps approximately 2100 trees on our 32 acre sugarbush to make our "Liquid Gold". During Maple Weekend, guided tours will be provided demonstrating the entire maple process from tree to table. Come bring your family & experience the tradition. Take a photo with "Sugarcake" the bear; sample a variety of maple products including our original maple walnut cream cheese; or watch how Maple cotton candy is made fresh on site. Free & Fun for all! Don't miss out on the first true Spring event in the North Country!


03/15/2020 - 4-H ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE CLUB

Do you enjoy being outdoors and participating in citizen science projects? Join the 4-H ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE CLUB! This month, come and learn about the maple syrup tapping process and enjoy some healthy pancakes with real maple syrup! This club is free and open to all 4th through 8th graders. We typically meet from 2 to 4 p.m. on the third Sunday of every month. Registration is required. For more information, or to register, please contact Sam Hollister.


05/27/2020 - Watertown Farm & Craft Market - 2020 Season

Hey there, market-goer! Welcome to the Watertown Farm and Craft Market. Each season, we strive to provide the North Country with a vibrant market full of quality local products.

For Market updates throughout the summer and all year long follow us on Facebook and Instagram!

With the help of our fantastic vendors, we offer a variety of delicious produce, local beverages, unique crafts, and live music! The Watertown Farm & Craft Market enhances the community in which we live, work, and do business, by providing a place where neighbor can meet neighbor. Every Wednesday from May 27 - October 7 from 7:00 AM - 3:00 PM, our market comes to life! We stretch from the Dulles State Office Building Plaza, down Washington Street to the Morgan Stanley Building with an expansion down Sterling Street. Hosted by the Greater Watertown-North Country Chamber of Commerce, our market is a destination for families, friends, and professionals to shop local, eat local, and enjoy downtown Watertown. Since 1977, our market has become a hub for community.

 


03/28/2020 - Swiss'er Sweet Maple Weekend

Swiss'er Sweet Maple has participated in Maple Weekend for the last 17 years. Our maple shanty & seasonal store are easily accessible with plenty of parking located 2 miles from Croghan. Come experience the Zehr family tradition, as we have produced maple syrup for many generations & continue to do so today using both old and new sugaring methods. Currently, Swiss'er Sweet Maple taps approximately 2100 trees on our 32 acre sugarbush to make our "Liquid Gold". During Maple Weekend, guided tours will be provided demonstrating the entire maple process from tree to table. Come bring your family & experience the tradition. Take a photo with "Sugarcake" the bear; sample a variety of maple products including our original maple walnut cream cheese; or watch how Maple cotton candy is made fresh on site. Free & Fun for all! Don't miss out on the first true Spring event in the North Country!


03/21/2020 - Swiss'er Sweet Maple Weekend 2020

Swiss'er Sweet Maple has participated in Maple Weekend for the past 17 years. Our maple shanty & seasonal store are easily accessible with plenty of parking located 2 miles from Croghan. Come experience the Zehr family tradition, as we have produced maple syrup for many generations & continue to do so today using both old and new sugaring methods. Currently, Swiss'er Sweet Maple taps approximately 2100 trees on our 32 acre sugarbush to make our "Liquid Gold". During Maple Weekend, guided tours will be provided demonstrating the entire maple process from tree to table. Come bring your family & experience the tradition. Take a photo with "Sugarcake" the bear; sample a variety of maple products including our original maple walnut cream cheese; or watch how Maple cotton candy is made fresh on site. Free & Fun for all! Don't miss out on the first true Spring event in the North Country!


03/15/2020 - 4-H ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE CLUB

Do you enjoy being outdoors and participating in citizen science projects? Join the 4-H ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE CLUB! This month, come and learn about the maple syrup tapping process and enjoy some healthy pancakes with real maple syrup! This club is free and open to all 4th through 8th graders. We typically meet from 2 to 4 p.m. on the third Sunday of every month. Registration is required. For more information, or to register, please contact Sam Hollister.


07/02/2020 - 4-H CAMP WABASSO

Are you looking for something for you 6-8 year olds to do this summer? 4-H Camp Wabasso has a special camp just for them! Cloverbud Camp July 2-3, 2020 Campers can get their first taste of the camp experience. Swim in Millsite Lake, participate in 4-H hands-on educational programs and enjoy an awesome campfire. This two-day, one-night camp will provide campers with an introduction to what camp has to offer. For more information contact Lisa at lgv6@cornell.edu


06/06/2020 - Get Connected with 4-H Camp Wabasso!

Open House & Camp Tours Register for camp at the open house and receive the early bird rate! Take a tour of camp, speak with the staff, and enjoy a free lunch! No reservations necessary. Visit www.4hcampwabasso.org or email lgv6@cornell.edu for more information.


04/22/2020 - Brambles Workshop

Esther Kibbe, Harvest NY Berry Specialist will speak about site selection and preparation, basic pruning, nutrition and fertility, and integrated pest management with blueberries and raspberries.


03/28/2020 - 4-H Public Presentations

Presentation styles include: Illustrated Talk Demonstration Speech Recitation or Dramatic Interpretation For an overview of the different presentation styles, visit ccejefferson.org/4-h-youth. Free and open to all youth ages 6-18. Registration is required by March 20. For more information or to register, contact Sabrina Derue at 315-788-8450 or sld95@cornell.edu


03/28/2020 - Samaritan Auxiliary's One Night, One Diamond

Dinner, Dancing to the band 'Atlas' and a chance to win a 1/2 carat diamond donated by Cook's Jewelers or a getaway package donated by Lake Placid's Mirror Lake Inn. Proceeds will purchase equipment for Mohs Surgery at Samaritan Medical Center. Mohs Surgery is a tissue-conserving treatment for skin cancer that yields the highest tumor clearance rate available and can be performed with local anesthesia. For the first time, patients in the North Country will have access to this highly valuable technique without having to travel outside of the North Country.


03/20/2020 - Jefferson County Agricultural Development Conference

The Ag Development Conference is a great opportunity for those involved in or interested in agriculture to hear about new programs; look at new trends and be inspired to take action! Lunch is included free with advance registration.


03/19/2020 - The Middle Years

The classes are held on Thursday every week. This fun and interactive six-week workshop is designed to explain the best practices in child development and parenting to caregivers of children 5-10 years old. There is no cost for this course. For more information or to register for this class please call CCE Jefferson.


03/19/2020 - The Farm Babe @ Jefferson Community College

Michelle Miller, also known as The Farm Babe, is an online influencer, columnist, popular keynote speaker and farmer from Iowa. She will be speaking on Thursday, March 19 at Sturtz Theater on the Jefferson Community College campus, and during the Ag Conference on Friday, March 20 at the Hilton Garden Inn, Watertown. She and her boyfriend operate a 2,200 acre crop, sheep and beef farm. Miller is known as a dedicated agricultural “myth buster” with over 120,000 followers and an average social media reach of 3 million monthly views. She has been featured in Forbes magazine and was recently a guest on Dr. Drew. Jefferson County Economic Development, Jefferson Community College, JCC Business Club, and JCC Agribusiness Program invite anyone to attend who wants to learn more about where their food comes from!


03/19/2020 - The Magic Years

Classes are held on every Thursday for six weeks Children change so much in the first four years! This free course will help you find successful ways to navigate through these challenging, yet rewarding, times. You must complete six classes to receive a certificate. For more information or to register for this class, Please call CCE Jefferson.


03/10/2020 - Memory Cafe of NNY

Come be a part of Thompson Park Zoo's Traveling EdZOOcation program! We'll learn about wildlife biology and ecology through up-close encounters with Animal Ambassadors. In other words, you can touch some adorable (and native) little critters! Plus we'll have some sandwiches, chips, and veggies afterward. All totally free. Everyone's welcome! A dementia-friendly social gathering for people with memory changes and their care partners, this is the perfect chance for both the person experiencing these issues and their loved ones to meet people who just understand. Visitors sip coffee, are served a light lunch, and take in some entertainment or join in on a hands-on activity that's specifically designed with both of their enjoyment in mind - at no cost. By curbing feelings of isolation and loneliness through providing purposeful, engaging activity (all in a safe, relaxing yet stimulating environment), we're hoping to make living with dementia in NNY a little bit easier. Those surviving a stroke or traumatic brain injury are equally as welcome! The space is right in the United Community Center at 55 Main Street in Philadelphia, NY, and the Memory Cafe opens once each month (the second Tuesday from 10:30 a.m.- 12 p.m.). If you'd like more information, please contact Bryn at 315-408-3090 or email memorycafenny@gmail.com.


03/10/2020 - 4-H Sewing Club

Free and open to all youth ages 10-18. Are you interested in sewing? Do you want to make a pillow, tote, and bin? If so, join our 4-H Sewing Club! No experience needed! When: Every Tuesday from 6:00 - 7:00 PM beginning March 10th and ending April 28th, 2020. Where: Cornell Cooperative Extension 203 N. Hamilton Street Watertown, NY 13601 Registration is required and limited spaces are available. For more information or to register, contact Andrea Holbrook


03/07/2020 - Benefit for Charlotte Molnar

This benefit will be to help Charlotte Molnar and her family pay for the expenses for treatment of breast cancer. We will have a spaghetti dinner which will be $25 for a family of 4, $8 for an adult or $5 for a child under 12. Along with many raffles, music, and 50/50 drawings.


04/22/2020 - Brambles Workshop

Esther Kibbe, Harvest NY Berry Specialist will speak about site selection and preparation, basic pruning, nutrition and fertility, and integrated pest management with blueberries and raspberries.


03/28/2020 - 4-H Public Presentations

Presentation styles include: Illustrated Talk Demonstration Speech Recitation or Dramatic Interpretation For an overview of the different presentation styles, visit ccejefferson.org/4-h-youth. Free and open to all youth ages 6-18. Registration is required by March 20. For more information or to register, contact Sabrina Derue at 315-788-8450 or sld95@cornell.edu


03/19/2020 - The Middle Years

The classes are held on Thursday every week. This fun and interactive six-week workshop is designed to explain the best practices in child development and parenting to caregivers of children 5-10 years old. There is no cost for this course. For more information or to register for this class please call CCE Jefferson.


06/06/2020 - Get Connected with 4-H Camp Wabasso!

Open House & Camp Tours Register for camp at the open house and receive the early bird rate! Take a tour of camp, speak with the staff, and enjoy a free lunch! No reservations necessary. Visit www.4hcampwabasso.org or email lgv6@cornell.edu for more information.


07/02/2020 - 4-H CAMP WABASSO

Are you looking for something for you 6-8 year olds to do this summer? 4-H Camp Wabasso has a special camp just for them! Cloverbud Camp July 2-3, 2020 Campers can get their first taste of the camp experience. Swim in Millsite Lake, participate in 4-H hands-on educational programs and enjoy an awesome campfire. This two-day, one-night camp will provide campers with an introduction to what camp has to offer. For more information contact Lisa at lgv6@cornell.edu


03/28/2020 - Samaritan Auxiliary's One Night, One Diamond

Dinner, Dancing to the band 'Atlas' and a chance to win a 1/2 carat diamond donated by Cook's Jewelers or a getaway package donated by Lake Placid's Mirror Lake Inn. Proceeds will purchase equipment for Mohs Surgery at Samaritan Medical Center. Mohs Surgery is a tissue-conserving treatment for skin cancer that yields the highest tumor clearance rate available and can be performed with local anesthesia. For the first time, patients in the North Country will have access to this highly valuable technique without having to travel outside of the North Country.


03/19/2020 - The Farm Babe @ Jefferson Community College

Michelle Miller, also known as The Farm Babe, is an online influencer, columnist, popular keynote speaker and farmer from Iowa. She will be speaking on Thursday, March 19 at Sturtz Theater on the Jefferson Community College campus, and during the Ag Conference on Friday, March 20 at the Hilton Garden Inn, Watertown. She and her boyfriend operate a 2,200 acre crop, sheep and beef farm. Miller is known as a dedicated agricultural “myth buster” with over 120,000 followers and an average social media reach of 3 million monthly views. She has been featured in Forbes magazine and was recently a guest on Dr. Drew. Jefferson County Economic Development, Jefferson Community College, JCC Business Club, and JCC Agribusiness Program invite anyone to attend who wants to learn more about where their food comes from!


03/20/2020 - Jefferson County Agricultural Development Conference

The Ag Development Conference is a great opportunity for those involved in or interested in agriculture to hear about new programs; look at new trends and be inspired to take action! Lunch is included free with advance registration.


03/19/2020 - The Magic Years

Classes are held on every Thursday for six weeks Children change so much in the first four years! This free course will help you find successful ways to navigate through these challenging, yet rewarding, times. You must complete six classes to receive a certificate. For more information or to register for this class, Please call CCE Jefferson.


03/07/2020 - Benefit for Charlotte Molnar

This benefit will be to help Charlotte Molnar and her family pay for the expenses for treatment of breast cancer. We will have a spaghetti dinner which will be $25 for a family of 4, $8 for an adult or $5 for a child under 12. Along with many raffles, music, and 50/50 drawings.


03/10/2020 - Memory Cafe of NNY

Come be a part of Thompson Park Zoo's Traveling EdZOOcation program! We'll learn about wildlife biology and ecology through up-close encounters with Animal Ambassadors. In other words, you can touch some adorable (and native) little critters! Plus we'll have some sandwiches, chips, and veggies afterward. All totally free. Everyone's welcome! A dementia-friendly social gathering for people with memory changes and their care partners, this is the perfect chance for both the person experiencing these issues and their loved ones to meet people who just understand. Visitors sip coffee, are served a light lunch, and take in some entertainment or join in on a hands-on activity that's specifically designed with both of their enjoyment in mind - at no cost. By curbing feelings of isolation and loneliness through providing purposeful, engaging activity (all in a safe, relaxing yet stimulating environment), we're hoping to make living with dementia in NNY a little bit easier. Those surviving a stroke or traumatic brain injury are equally as welcome! The space is right in the United Community Center at 55 Main Street in Philadelphia, NY, and the Memory Cafe opens once each month (the second Tuesday from 10:30 a.m.- 12 p.m.). If you'd like more information, please contact Bryn at 315-408-3090 or email memorycafenny@gmail.com.


03/10/2020 - 4-H Sewing Club

Free and open to all youth ages 10-18. Are you interested in sewing? Do you want to make a pillow, tote, and bin? If so, join our 4-H Sewing Club! No experience needed! When: Every Tuesday from 6:00 - 7:00 PM beginning March 10th and ending April 28th, 2020. Where: Cornell Cooperative Extension 203 N. Hamilton Street Watertown, NY 13601 Registration is required and limited spaces are available. For more information or to register, contact Andrea Holbrook


05/05/2020 - 2020 Coffee & Connections - May

Coffee & Connections: A Networking Experience
This event is a unique twist on networking with casual conversation over coffee as well as Professional Speed Networking. This structure is designed to help you maximize on your networking experience, aiding you in your efforts to make truly meaningful connections with others in attendance.
This style of networking is set up in small groups with designated time for everyone to give their professional introductions as well as time set aside to answer the posed question. Each table has a different prompt that allows you to get to know your peers and learn from each other's experiences.
People in a range of positions from management, sales, outreach, administration and more agree that the experience of speed networking was a fun and effective way to connect, and they would participate again!

05/05/2020 - 2020 Coffee & Connections - May

Coffee & Connections: A Networking Experience
This event is a unique twist on networking with casual conversation over coffee as well as Professional Speed Networking. This structure is designed to help you maximize on your networking experience, aiding you in your efforts to make truly meaningful connections with others in attendance.
This style of networking is set up in small groups with designated time for everyone to give their professional introductions as well as time set aside to answer the posed question. Each table has a different prompt that allows you to get to know your peers and learn from each other's experiences.
People in a range of positions from management, sales, outreach, administration and more agree that the experience of speed networking was a fun and effective way to connect, and they would participate again!

03/12/2020 - 2020 Speaker Series - Morgia Wealth Management

SECURE Act of 2019

The SECURE Act is important legislation with the potential for significant impact on small businesses, business owners, individuals and families with estate plans, and groups looking to set-up retirement plans for employees.  The law is complex and the decisions that it could require will take careful consideration and thought.  Join these two thought leaders to become more aware of how the SECURE Act will impact you, your employees and your family.

Presenter PJ Banazek is a Managing Director and Partner at Morgia Wealth Management.  He is a graduate of LeMoyne College, a CPA, CFP and holds Series 7, 63 & 65 licenses. Mr. Banazek will discuss the impact on retirement plans, new rules for IRAs and ROTH IRAs, and the new tax benefits for small businesses.
 
Presenter Anthony Marrone II is the CEO of The Marrone Law Firm.  He is a graduate of LeMoyne College and Syracuse University College of Law. Mr. Marrone will discuss the implications that the SECURE Act raises for Estate Planning, Trusts and long-term planning.
 
 


03/12/2020 - 2020 Speaker Series - Morgia Wealth Management

SECURE Act of 2019

The SECURE Act is important legislation with the potential for significant impact on small businesses, business owners, individuals and families with estate plans, and groups looking to set-up retirement plans for employees.  The law is complex and the decisions that it could require will take careful consideration and thought.  Join these two thought leaders to become more aware of how the SECURE Act will impact you, your employees and your family.

Presenter PJ Banazek is a Managing Director and Partner at Morgia Wealth Management.  He is a graduate of LeMoyne College, a CPA, CFP and holds Series 7, 63 & 65 licenses. Mr. Banazek will discuss the impact on retirement plans, new rules for IRAs and ROTH IRAs, and the new tax benefits for small businesses.
 
Presenter Anthony Marrone II is the CEO of The Marrone Law Firm.  He is a graduate of LeMoyne College and Syracuse University College of Law. Mr. Marrone will discuss the implications that the SECURE Act raises for Estate Planning, Trusts and long-term planning.
 
 


03/26/2020 - 2020 Business of the Year Awards Presentation

Join Us to Celebrate Outstanding Businesses in the North Country
Each year, the Greater Watertown - North Country Chamber of Commerce hosts an award presentation which celebrates the Business of the Year Award recipients. Top organizations in the North Country are recognized during this prestigious event for their outstanding contributions to our community.

Deadline for nomination submissions: Feb 28

BUSINESS OF THE YEAR AWARDS
... (Large, For Profit)
... (Small, For Profit)
... (Large, Non-Profit)
... (Small, Non-Profit)
 
EMERGING BUSINESS OF THE YEAR AWARD
 ... 
 
FARM & CRAFT VENDOR OF THE YEAR AWARD
...

 


03/26/2020 - 2020 Business of the Year Awards Presentation

Join Us to Celebrate Outstanding Businesses in the North Country
Each year, the Greater Watertown - North Country Chamber of Commerce hosts an award presentation which celebrates the Business of the Year Award recipients. Top organizations in the North Country are recognized during this prestigious event for their outstanding contributions to our community.

Deadline for nomination submissions: Feb 28

BUSINESS OF THE YEAR AWARDS
... (Large, For Profit)
... (Small, For Profit)
... (Large, Non-Profit)
... (Small, Non-Profit)
 
EMERGING BUSINESS OF THE YEAR AWARD
 ... 
 
FARM & CRAFT VENDOR OF THE YEAR AWARD
...

 


04/22/2020 - 2020 Business After Hours - April

Business After Hours 
Sponsored by Armor Up Fitness & New York Life Insurance 

Wednesday, April 22, 2020  |  5PM - 7PM
 


04/22/2020 - 2020 Business After Hours - April

Business After Hours 
Sponsored by Armor Up Fitness & New York Life Insurance 

Wednesday, April 22, 2020  |  5PM - 7PM
 


03/14/2020 - Apple Intergrated Pest Management Workshop

Mike Basedow, Eastern NY Horticulture Tree Fruit Specialist will discuss combating pests and diseases on Apple trees.


03/17/2020 - Legal & Financial Planning

If you or someone you know is affected by Alzheimer's disease or another dementia, planning for the future is important. Our experts will give an overview of pertinent legal documents such as wills, powers of attorney, and health care proxies, as well as an overview of financial issues and options like Medicare, Medicaid or veterans benefits. The program is two hours long, and is intended for individuals and families impacted by Alzheimer's disease or another dementia. This introductory program is not a substitute for professional legal or financial advice. 

To register, please call 315.472.4201 x227.


02/29/2020 - YQCA Certification Training

YQCA Certification Training is required for all youth participating in 4-H Livestock Auction. YQCA is a non-profit quality assurance program for youth based on food safety, animal weel- being, and character development. Cost is $3 per youth. CCE will provide coupon for fee. This Certification is mandatory for all youth participating in the 4-H Livestock Auction. Participants must register on the YQCA website by February 18. 2020. For instructions for registration & coupon, visit or Contact Rachel Nocella


02/18/2020 - How to adapt your beekeeping in today's world.

Emma Walters, Senior Honey Bee Extension Associate of Cornell University will discuss and answer all your questions about honey bees.


03/17/2020 - Legal & Financial Planning

If you or someone you know is affected by Alzheimer's disease or another dementia, planning for the future is important. Our experts will give an overview of pertinent legal documents such as wills, powers of attorney, and health care proxies, as well as an overview of financial issues and options like Medicare, Medicaid or veterans benefits. The program is two hours long, and is intended for individuals and families impacted by Alzheimer's disease or another dementia. This introductory program is not a substitute for professional legal or financial advice. 

To register, please call 315.472.4201 x227.


02/29/2020 - YQCA Certification Training

YQCA Certification Training is required for all youth participating in 4-H Livestock Auction. YQCA is a non-profit quality assurance program for youth based on food safety, animal weel- being, and character development. Cost is $3 per youth. CCE will provide coupon for fee. This Certification is mandatory for all youth participating in the 4-H Livestock Auction. Participants must register on the YQCA website by February 18. 2020. For instructions for registration & coupon, visit or Contact Rachel Nocella


03/14/2020 - Apple Intergrated Pest Management Workshop

Mike Basedow, Eastern NY Horticulture Tree Fruit Specialist will discuss combating pests and diseases on Apple trees.


02/18/2020 - North Country Human Resources Organization Features: Employer Tax Credits

Businesses who hire persons in specific target groups are able to apply for a variety of tax credits based on that hire. These credits lower a business’ tax liability and are unlimited, but many businesses do not take advantage of them because the forms and process can be time consuming and confusing. This presentation will simplify the process and assist in understanding which credits can be utilized, how to apply for them, and the impact they can have on the business.
Speaker: Carolyn Tee, Payroll Territory Manager
Heartland


02/18/2020 - How to adapt your beekeeping in today's world.

Emma Walters, Senior Honey Bee Extension Associate of Cornell University will discuss and answer all your questions about honey bees.


02/18/2020 - North Country Human Resources Organization Features: Employer Tax Credits

Businesses who hire persons in specific target groups are able to apply for a variety of tax credits based on that hire. These credits lower a business’ tax liability and are unlimited, but many businesses do not take advantage of them because the forms and process can be time consuming and confusing. This presentation will simplify the process and assist in understanding which credits can be utilized, how to apply for them, and the impact they can have on the business.
Speaker: Carolyn Tee, Payroll Territory Manager
Heartland


02/19/2020 - 4-H OWN THE MIC

OWN THE MIC is a fun public speaking games & activities in a stress-free environment! The Do you like to tell stories to your friends? Do you like to talk to people about things that interest you? Then OWN THE MIC is for you! Take the nerves out of public speaking with this FREE 6-WEEK 4-H program held on Thursday for all youth grades 3-8.


02/25/2020 - YQCA Certification Training

YQCA Certification Training is required for all youth participating in 4-H Livestock Auction. YQCA is a non-profit quality assurance program for youth based on food safety, animal well- being, and character development. Cost is $3 per youth. CCE will provide coupon for fee. This Certification is mandatory for all youth participating in the 4-H Livestock Auction. Participants must register on the YQCA website by February 18. 2020. For instructions for registration & coupon, visit or Contact Rachel Nocella


02/28/2020 - Mac 'n' Cheese Dinner

Includes mac 'n' cheese, coleslaw, vegetable, rolls/butter and dessert. Place take-out orders no later than 11 a.m. 2/28 by calling Anita at 315-783-7404. Free delivery available for Midtown Towers, Curtis Apts., LeRay St. Apts., Skyline & Hilltop Towers. Benefits the work of the Jefferson Co. Democratic Committee.


02/18/2020 - How to adapt your beekeeping in today's world.

Emma Walters, Senior Honey Bee Extension Associate from Cornell University will discuss and answer all your questions about honey bees.


02/28/2020 - Mac 'n' Cheese Dinner

Includes mac 'n' cheese, coleslaw, vegetable, rolls/butter and dessert. Place take-out orders no later than 11 a.m. 2/28 by calling Anita at 315-783-7404. Free delivery available for Midtown Towers, Curtis Apts., LeRay St. Apts., Skyline & Hilltop Towers. Benefits the work of the Jefferson Co. Democratic Committee.


02/25/2020 - YQCA Certification Training

YQCA Certification Training is required for all youth participating in 4-H Livestock Auction. YQCA is a non-profit quality assurance program for youth based on food safety, animal well- being, and character development. Cost is $3 per youth. CCE will provide coupon for fee. This Certification is mandatory for all youth participating in the 4-H Livestock Auction. Participants must register on the YQCA website by February 18. 2020. For instructions for registration & coupon, visit or Contact Rachel Nocella


02/18/2020 - How to adapt your beekeeping in today's world.

Emma Walters, Senior Honey Bee Extension Associate from Cornell University will discuss and answer all your questions about honey bees.


02/19/2020 - 4-H OWN THE MIC

OWN THE MIC is a fun public speaking games & activities in a stress-free environment! The Do you like to tell stories to your friends? Do you like to talk to people about things that interest you? Then OWN THE MIC is for you! Take the nerves out of public speaking with this FREE 6-WEEK 4-H program held on Thursday for all youth grades 3-8.


02/17/2020 - Naloxone Training

Attend our free training, which is open to anyone 18 years or older. You will be trained on opioid overdose prevention, recognizing the signs of an overdose and administration of Narcan to rescue a victim from overdose. Jefferson county has recently suffered multiple overdose related deaths. We need to stand up to the opioid epidemic as a community. Sponsored by Credo Community Center & NYS Department of Health Opioid Overdose Prevention Program


02/18/2020 - Code Explorers (Ages 6-8)

For curious young minds who want to take the first steps into the world of programming. Student explorers will use their creativity to solve a series of web-based coding challenges. Each lesson builds fluency in essential digital skills needed for the future.


02/18/2020 - Lego Films and Stop Action (ages 6-8 and ages 9-14)

Make your LEGOS come to life! Bring in your favorite action figures or LEGOS and create a short film with your friends. Whether you want to recreate a scene from a favorite movie or design a new world of your own, this class brings your dreams to the screen. Students will need to bring in LEGOS and/or action figures, but all other equipment will be provided. Returning students can create more advanced projects that build on previous projects.


02/11/2020 - HR 101

Designed to help employees new to the human resources field. Topics include NYS and Federal labor law review, the employee life cycle from recruitment to legal termination, social media guidelines, compensation, benefits and more.


02/13/2020 - Silage Truck Workshop

Getting ready for cropping season? Adrian Armpreiester from New York State DOT will be presenting on new and current regulations for the agriculture industry. Do you know what type of license you need for a semi-truck in a farm setting? Do you have questions about DOT compliance? Adrian will check a local silage truck for compliance during a walk-around, explaining his reasoning to producers. Veteran/Military Families are welcome &U encouraged to attend! Please register online by following the link below: https://reg.cce.cornell.edu/silageTruck_222 Or call 315-376-5270


02/14/2020 - Valentine's Day at the Winery

Valentine's Day at the Winery event is on February 14th & 15th 6:30-10 PM 5 Wine Tastings Hors D'oeuvres 3 Food & Wine Pairings 2 Barrel Tastings Free TIW Wine Glass Cost is $30 per couple! 24 couples per session.


02/10/2020 - Furry Friends 4-H Dog Club

We will set dates for evaluations of new dogs in the program. Dates for a group walk with our dogs and a time to go to the New York State Zoo at Thompson Park will also be determined. For more information contact Karen Soule


02/17/2020 - Naloxone Training

Attend our free training, which is open to anyone 18 years or older. You will be trained on opioid overdose prevention, recognizing the signs of an overdose and administration of Narcan to rescue a victim from overdose. Jefferson county has recently suffered multiple overdose related deaths. We need to stand up to the opioid epidemic as a community. Sponsored by Credo Community Center & NYS Department of Health Opioid Overdose Prevention Program


02/17/2020 - Naloxone Training

Attend our free training, which is open to anyone 18 years or older. You will be trained on opioid overdose prevention, recognizing the signs of an overdose and administration of Narcan to rescue a victim from overdose. Jefferson county has recently suffered multiple overdose related deaths. We need to stand up to the opioid epidemic as a community. Sponsored by Credo Community Center & NYS Department of Health Opioid Overdose Prevention Program


02/18/2020 - Code Explorers (Ages 6-8)

For curious young minds who want to take the first steps into the world of programming. Student explorers will use their creativity to solve a series of web-based coding challenges. Each lesson builds fluency in essential digital skills needed for the future.


02/18/2020 - Code Explorers (Ages 6-8)

For curious young minds who want to take the first steps into the world of programming. Student explorers will use their creativity to solve a series of web-based coding challenges. Each lesson builds fluency in essential digital skills needed for the future.


02/18/2020 - Lego Films and Stop Action (ages 6-8 and ages 9-14)

Make your LEGOS come to life! Bring in your favorite action figures or LEGOS and create a short film with your friends. Whether you want to recreate a scene from a favorite movie or design a new world of your own, this class brings your dreams to the screen. Students will need to bring in LEGOS and/or action figures, but all other equipment will be provided. Returning students can create more advanced projects that build on previous projects.


02/18/2020 - Lego Films and Stop Action (ages 6-8 and ages 9-14)

Make your LEGOS come to life! Bring in your favorite action figures or LEGOS and create a short film with your friends. Whether you want to recreate a scene from a favorite movie or design a new world of your own, this class brings your dreams to the screen. Students will need to bring in LEGOS and/or action figures, but all other equipment will be provided. Returning students can create more advanced projects that build on previous projects.


02/14/2020 - Valentine's Day at the Winery

Valentine's Day at the Winery event is on February 14th & 15th 6:30-10 PM 5 Wine Tastings Hors D'oeuvres 3 Food & Wine Pairings 2 Barrel Tastings Free TIW Wine Glass Cost is $30 per couple! 24 couples per session.


02/11/2020 - HR 101

Designed to help employees new to the human resources field. Topics include NYS and Federal labor law review, the employee life cycle from recruitment to legal termination, social media guidelines, compensation, benefits and more.


02/11/2020 - HR 101

Designed to help employees new to the human resources field. Topics include NYS and Federal labor law review, the employee life cycle from recruitment to legal termination, social media guidelines, compensation, benefits and more.


02/13/2020 - Silage Truck Workshop

Getting ready for cropping season? Adrian Armpreiester from New York State DOT will be presenting on new and current regulations for the agriculture industry. Do you know what type of license you need for a semi-truck in a farm setting? Do you have questions about DOT compliance? Adrian will check a local silage truck for compliance during a walk-around, explaining his reasoning to producers. Veteran/Military Families are welcome &U encouraged to attend! Please register online by following the link below: https://reg.cce.cornell.edu/silageTruck_222 Or call 315-376-5270


02/13/2020 - Silage Truck Workshop

Getting ready for cropping season? Adrian Armpreiester from New York State DOT will be presenting on new and current regulations for the agriculture industry. Do you know what type of license you need for a semi-truck in a farm setting? Do you have questions about DOT compliance? Adrian will check a local silage truck for compliance during a walk-around, explaining his reasoning to producers. Veteran/Military Families are welcome &U encouraged to attend! Please register online by following the link below: https://reg.cce.cornell.edu/silageTruck_222 Or call 315-376-5270


02/14/2020 - Valentine's Day at the Winery

Valentine's Day at the Winery event is on February 14th & 15th 6:30-10 PM 5 Wine Tastings Hors D'oeuvres 3 Food & Wine Pairings 2 Barrel Tastings Free TIW Wine Glass Cost is $30 per couple! 24 couples per session.


02/10/2020 - Furry Friends 4-H Dog Club

We will set dates for evaluations of new dogs in the program. Dates for a group walk with our dogs and a time to go to the New York State Zoo at Thompson Park will also be determined. For more information contact Karen Soule


02/06/2020 - Ancestry & Your Family Tree

See your family’s story come to life right before your eyes as you create your family tree. Learn about the databases and research methods used to build a genealogical portfolio and research your lineage back at least 4 generations.


02/09/2020 - 4-H ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE CLUB

Do you care about preserving the natural environment through citizen science? Do you enjoy being outdoors? If so, join the 4-H Environmental Science Club! When: The third Sunday of every month from 2:00 - 4:00 PM. Our next meeting will be Sunday, February 9th. We will be completing a service project at the Indian River lakes Conservancy. Where: Location will vary each month depending on the activity. Who: This club is free and open to all 4th through 8th graders. Registration is required. For more information, or to register, Contact Sam Hollister.


02/03/2020 - Women's Self Defense Series

Learn situational awareness, verbal self-defense, and develop the foundation necessary to defend yourself in a physical altercation. Self-defense techniques are based in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, proven to be the most efficient martial art when dealing with a larger opponent.


02/06/2020 - The Middle Years

The Middle Years Class is held every Thursday for a s week class. This Fun and interactive sox wee workshop is designed to explain the best practices in child development and parenting to caregivers of children 5-10 years old. There is no cost for this course. There is no cost for this course. To register for this class call 315-788-8450


02/06/2020 - The Middle Years

The Middle Years Class is held every Thursday for a s week class. This Fun and interactive sox wee workshop is designed to explain the best practices in child development and parenting to caregivers of children 5-10 years old. There is no cost for this course. There is no cost for this course. To register for this class call 315-788-8450


02/06/2020 - Ancestry & Your Family Tree

See your family’s story come to life right before your eyes as you create your family tree. Learn about the databases and research methods used to build a genealogical portfolio and research your lineage back at least 4 generations.


02/09/2020 - 4-H ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE CLUB

Do you care about preserving the natural environment through citizen science? Do you enjoy being outdoors? If so, join the 4-H Environmental Science Club! When: The third Sunday of every month from 2:00 - 4:00 PM. Our next meeting will be Sunday, February 9th. We will be completing a service project at the Indian River lakes Conservancy. Where: Location will vary each month depending on the activity. Who: This club is free and open to all 4th through 8th graders. Registration is required. For more information, or to register, Contact Sam Hollister.


02/03/2020 - Women's Self Defense Series

Learn situational awareness, verbal self-defense, and develop the foundation necessary to defend yourself in a physical altercation. Self-defense techniques are based in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, proven to be the most efficient martial art when dealing with a larger opponent.